The Library of the Year title was awarded to two joint winners based at opposite ends of the country Devon Libraries and Dundee Library Service. Judges praised Devon libraries for the huge range of services it offered beyond books and managing to shrug off budget cuts to increase visitor numbers and loan figures. Dundee Library services launched an impressive digital participation programme.
Findit! will close this week. We would like to transfer as much data from Findit! to Inspire as possible. Check your library details in Findit! please, and get in touch with Sally for changes to the Inspire site, updates and any queries.
The Department of Culture, Media and Sport enquiry, led by William Sieghart, into e-lending for public libraries, available here
“At the beginning of the war on Iraq, the governor [of Basra] took the library over as a headquarters for himself and his guards, mounting machine guns on top of the building. So, we asked the governor if we could take the important books to our homes, but he rejected the idea. Eventually we took the responsibility ourselves to transfer the books, without the governor’s approval,”
More details of this amazing story here.
” Our expanding remit will see us championing, developing and investing in libraries and museums, so that people’s lives can be shaped and enriched by artistic and cultural experiences and knowledge.”
Your Library, Your Space
Our mission is ‘great art for everyone’ and we work to achieve this by championing, developing and investing in arts and cultural experiences that enrich people’s lives.
We support a range of activities across the arts, museums and libraries – from theatre to digital art, reading to dance, music to literature, and crafts to collections.
OCLC (US Library information provider) is working with members of RLUK (Research Libraries UK), to pilot a new service that will improve the way libraries can manage electronic resources and users’ access of these collections.
OCLC WorldShare Metadata Collection Manager will deliver WorldCat MARC records for electronic materials automatically to participating libraries and ensure the metadata and access URLs for these collections of libraries are continually updated.
The report identifies the key role special collections and archives play a in the future of research libraries. Significant challenges face institutions wishing to capitalize on that value, however, if they are to fully leverage and make available the rich content in special collections in order to support research, teaching, and community engagement.
The report shows that use of all types of special collections material has increased across the board and provides institutional leaders, special collections staff, and archivists evidence and inspiration to plan for much needed and deserved transformation of special collections and their use.